May Faculty Meeting

Student Engagement - Part 2

Now that we've looked at the Meaningful Engaged Learning paradigm, let's look at some specific methods of engaging students in an online classroom environment.

Exactly How do Instructors Engage Students?

There are “different methods of engaging students with the goals of enhancing the learning process and reducing attrition rates” (Angelino, 2007).


Below are some great ways to engage students within your online classroom:

  • Introduce yourself with an audio/video recording in your welcome announcement and/or the Icebreaker (this can be done right in Blackboard – see the last slide of this Learning Module for directions)
  • Foster belonging and respect, in discussions and during feedback
  • Give timely feedback – possibly with audio or video component
  • Write more substantive comments in discussions
  • Have high expectations, but also recognize that many of our students may not be adequately prepared for the rigors of academic study
  • Show students what to do instead of simply telling them. Explain how to cite correctly instead of just saying “you didn’t cite correctly”
  • Relate coursework to current events & students’ lives

Engagement Examples:

Welcome from Dr Chapman
Welcome Class
Above, you viewed welcome videos from Dr. Chapman and Brendalynn Jackson, which were created and uploaded to YouTube, and a GoAnimate! from Gregory Allen (using www.goanimate.com).

Did you know that this page, as well as the ones preceding, were created at www.smore.com? What a great way to engage and make the environment more rich, right?

References Used for this Meeting:

  • Angelino, L., Williams, F., & Natvig, D. (2207). Strategies to engage online students and reduce attrition rates. The Journal of Educators Online, 4(2).
  • Minich, E. (1996). Using student feedback to improve distance education. Florida Community College, Jacksonville. (ERIC No. ED 397893)
  • Toshalis, E., & Nakkula, M. (2012) Motivation, Engagement and Student Voice: The Students at the Center Series. Jobs for the Future.